Long Island Soccer Club is pleased today to announce its membership in the newly created Girls Academy for the upcoming 2020/21 season.
Development Academy clubs across the country have banded together to establish a new platform for its players following U.S. Soccer ending operations of the U.S. Development Academy on April 15. This unification of DA clubs has led to the creation of the Girls Academy.
With more than 65 former DA and National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) clubs, along with all eight former U.S. Soccer DA Northeast clubs including Long Island Soccer Club, committed to the new Girls Academy, this platform provides players with an opportunity to continue their growth on and off the field as they progress to the highest levels of elite soccer.
players and all players in the Development Academy were faced with uncertainty after U.S. Soccer ceased operations of the Development Academy, but many clubs took the initiative to unify in order to create this new platform and seamless transition for our players to continue their development,” said Meghan Frey, Long Island Soccer Club Girls’ Academy Director. “We look forward to the 2020/21 season in the Girls Academy and beyond.”
The biggest change in the Girls Academy is the flexibility allowing players to participate in high school soccer depending on individual club guidelines. New substitution rules will encourage clubs to better utilize their talent pools, especially when showcasing players for college scouts.
Girls Academy clubs will be broken into six conferences for the 2020/21 season: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-America, Southeast, Frontier, and Southwest. The Academy plans to have cross-conference matches, college showcases and a national championship series during its inaugural season as conferences and clubs create a schedule based on guidelines and recommendations from health and government officials during and after this pandemic.
“The new Girls Academy will uphold the highest standards and principles, all in alignment with what we do at Long Island Soccer Club,” said Gary Book, Long Island SC Academy Director. “The aim is to continue to provide the opportunity for our players to have consistent competition over 10 months.
will stay the course and make sure that true development combined with quality competition is the overarching objective to prepare our players for pathways best suited for their individual futures.”Long Island Soccer Club will offer seven age groups in the new Girls Academy for the 2020/21 season: Under-12 Pre-Academy, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 U-17, and U-18/19. Interested players should register for upcoming LISC
Girls Academy tryouts HERE. For more information about Long Island SC, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-622-3900.